"lemonde" reported the nsa was monitoring more than 70 million phone calls of french citizens. over one 30-day period from december to january, tens of millions of french phone calls were collected. then today, a similar revelation published in "el mundo" in spain, about 60 million phone calls being monitored in that country. you see this revelation between the prism of reporter glenn greenwald, who is behind both stories, thanks to his source, former nsa contractor edward snowden, who is now hold up in russia, but the hits keep coming from him. the diplomatic impact kicked up an order of magnitude, though, over reports from the german paper that german chancellor angela merkel's personal phone, her cell phone, had also been bugged by the nsa after a direct, and i'm guessing kind of brusk call between the chancellor and president obama, the white house released a statement saying that the president "assured the chancellor that the united states is not monitoring and will not monitor the communications of chancellor merkel." is not and will not in the future. those are the key phrases here.